Friday, May 6, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 41
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Cash grab: New Times breaks down  the dollars pouring into the 24th Congressional District race

Cover Story

Cash grab: New Times breaks down the dollars pouring into the 24th Congressional District race

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS AND JONO KINKADE

Everybody wants a piece of California’s 24th Congressional District. Last April, longtime Congresswoman Lois Capps announced that she would retire at the end of her term. Political jockeying and campaign fundraising didn’t hesitate. Within a few days of her announcement, contenders were already proclaiming their intentions to grab the seat, and additional candidates w... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

News

Morro Bay faces hard decision on water reclamation facility

By JONO KINKADE

A recent upswell of opposition to a location being considered for Morro Bay’s water reclamation facility has city officials on the hot seat as they mull over their options. ...

Grover Beach feeling impact of Proposition 47

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Grover Beach police are attributing a rise in the number of certain crimes last year to the implementation of the state’s voter-approved realignment of criminal sentencing. ...

Los Osos CSD suffers $500,000 shortfall, will consider rate hikes

By PETER JOHNSON

The Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) has missed its revenue targets by $543,069 since 2014, a district management report finds. After commissioning a water rate s...

Oil companies sued for allegedly polluting Santa Margarita Ranch

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A local developer and land owner filed a lawsuit against Phillips 66 and several other oil companies after he says their leaking pipelines may have contaminated soil and groun...

SLO City Council approves The Rock, again

By JONO KINKADE

Live music fans, concerned residents, and the SLO City Council experienced a bit of déjà vu on May 3 when the council reheard staff report and public testimony two weeks aft...

New Times brings home awards from Better Newspaper Contest

By NEW TIMES STAFF

New Times took home five awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2015 Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were announced during a press summit in Sa...

Grover Beach clears out another homeless camp, looks for solutions to a lack of housing

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Eviction prevention is something the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition is hearing about a lot right now—from senior citizens, people on fixed incomes such as disability, and singl...

Cougars & Mustangs

By LOLA WHITE-SANBORN

Dead week approaches for the Cuesta Cougars. So close to the end of their schooling, said schooling throws everything it has in their way to try and stop them. It may seem as ...

Viewer Discretion

By DYLAN HONEA-BAUMANN

   

Commentary

Democracy needs an educated electorate

By ZAF IQBAL

Democracy is a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them. With this power comes the responsibility to be an...

Letters

Vote for Michielssen!

By Heidi Lewin-Miller - Atascadero

Eric Michielssen is the man for the job: I attended the 5th District supervisor debate a few weeks ago. I was extremely impressed with Eric Michielssen. He delivered clear, t...

Vote for Arnold!

By Kathy Loftus - Santa Margarita

As someone who works in the agriculture industry, I can tell you that those of us within the community are feeling left behind by our elected officials. Water restrictions, ou...

Vote for progressive values in California's primary

By David Deick - Atascadero

California’s primary June 7 is now a forgone conclusion. The presidential candidates have been winnowed from 23 to five, and of those five, two are presumptive winners. Our ...

Katcho for Congress

By Veronica Ondrejech - Paso Robles

I visited Katcho Achadjian as part of the California Association of Realtors Legislative Day, April 27, in Sacramento. About 25 of us from the district gathered to discuss th...

Shredder

Money talks, empty pockets walk

Our 24th District Congressional Rep. Lois Capps is super nice. In fact, she’s so nice that she was named the nicest member of Congress in 2006 by The Washingtonian magazine'...

Street Talk

If you could see any artist perform in SLO, who would it be?

Holly Gamblin Katie Whinnery Brynn Maddox Eric Bonner

Strokes and Plugs

Tallley Farms' Fresh Harvest Program brings the bounty to your door

By DAVID MINSKY

Talley Farms is known for shipping wholesale crops across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Particularly bell peppers, of which the company can expect to ship up to 12,00...

Arts

'Wit' at SLO Little Theatre tackles cancer, life, and death

By RYAH COOLEY

A comma—it’s just a pause separating one thought from the other, a breath in between the beginning and the end. But in that short breath, there’s much to be explored as...

Jenny Kendler brings the wild to art in her SLOMA exhibit Bewilder | Be Wilder

By RYAH COOLEY

From the moment she uttered her first word, “picture,” it was clear Jenny Kendler would be an artist.  Growing up in Virginia, Kendler spent her childhood digging up wor...

Locked up: A tour of the SLO County jail

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The first thing I noticed when I stepped into the SLO County Jail on April 28, was the smell.  It was a mix of the antiseptic cleaning chemicals and the organic scent that e...

Treat mom to some comedy at the SeaCrest in Pismo

By RYAH COOLEY

Your mom brought you into this world and put up with your crap for 18-plus years, the least you can do is bring a smile to her face this Mother’s Day. Give your mom the gif...

Blast from the Past: Dolemite

By GLEN STARKEY

What’s it rated? R |  When? 1975. I’m gonna let ‘em know that Dolemite is back on the scene! I’m gonna let ‘em know that Dolemite is my name, and fuckin’ up...

Music

Mayer Hawthorne brings his blue-eyed soul to Fremont Theatre

By GLEN STARKEY

It starts with a classic ’60s Motown opening, the bada-boom-boom drum with tight guitar and organ riff. Then the falsetto back-up voices singing “so long you did me wrong;...

Film

‘Green Room’ is a gory, wildly effective horror thriller

A punk band playing a remote gig in rural Oregon inadvertently witnesses a murder, leading the skinhead group responsible to go to great lengths to cover up the crime and st...

Flavor

Distilling their craft: High-proof fun awaits at KROBĀR tasting room in Paso Robles

By HAYLEY THOMAS

How many stories can a single oak tree hold? When you slice into its core and count the rings, do you unleash its essence? Once crafted into a barrel and loaded with whiskey o...

Hayley's Pick

Stanger's 2009 Master Blend and Le Vigne Winery's 2013 Central Coast Chardonnay

Life is all about quality, not quantity, right? The same goes for good wine. Although I tasted just two releases from Stanger Vineyards’ luscious lineup recently, I came awa...

Hot Dates

Dark matter

Things are taking a dark turn at the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department with their production of Peter Shaffer’s 'Black Comedy,' onstage May 12 to 14, and 19 to 21 at 8 p...

Let’s jamboree

Get a little country for a good cause at Miss Ella’s Country Jamboree, May 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Edwards Barn in Nipomo. Featuring a chicken dinner, raffles and auctions, a...

Party with the stars

Bring your telescope or binoculars and check out the stars at the Central Coast Astronomical Society’s monthly Dark Sky Star Party, held May 7 at sunset at two SLO County lo...